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BCA ballot approves constitutional changes by huge majority
« on: September 28, 2017, 03:10:47 pm »
News just in: both houses of the BCA - individual and group members - have approved four changes to the constitution by enormous majorities. This is a very welcome result that can only strengthen the organisation's position as the representative body of our sport.

The most significant vote is probably that to approve deletion of what was the first sentence of the constitution's section 4.6. This read: "The owners and tenants of property containing caves have the right to grant or withhold access." Some members had considered that this sentence contradicted the BCA decision to campaign to get recognition for the right of access to caves on CROW access land and so rendered it invalid. Others disagreed with this view, but in any case, it has now gone, with 88% pf individuals approving the change, and 85% of groups - so easily surpassing the 70% threshold needed for a constitutional change.

The other three more technical changes concern the conduct of future elections of officers and ballots. They passed with even bigger majorities. According to BCA chairman Andy Eavis, the turnout was healthy: "nearly 50% of groups voted, and a reasonable proportion of individual members, by far the majority of both houses by email."

Andy adds: "It had been planned to announce the results at the forthcoming BCA council meeting on Saturday 7th October, however, the executive decided it was sensible and right to pre-warn its members before this meeting to give people time to consider the situation."

So please discuss away. I'm the new BCA newsletter editor, and will of course be writing about this more in the next edition, due at the end of October.

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Re: BCA ballot approves constitutional changes by huge majority
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2017, 03:26:44 pm »
Excellent news. And just in time for a decent argument at Hidden Earth too !
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Re: BCA ballot approves constitutional changes by huge majority
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2017, 04:00:33 pm »
Thank god that(whoever he /she is)
Thanks go out to everyone involved in making this happened  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:

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Re: BCA ballot approves constitutional changes by huge majority
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2017, 04:08:14 pm »
Good news indeed, common sense rules. Reflects democracy, reflects the law.
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Re: BCA ballot approves constitutional changes by huge majority
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2017, 04:17:34 pm »
Clearly, despite some 'misgivings', the process wasn't that complicated either in the end, judging by the turnout via email. Excellent.

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Re: BCA ballot approves constitutional changes by huge majority
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2017, 04:19:41 pm »
Excellent news, thanks to all, especially those who handled all the email flak.  :thumbsup:
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Re: BCA ballot approves constitutional changes by huge majority
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2017, 04:30:47 pm »
Excellent. Now the BCA executive can now propel caving forwards with a firm mandate from the members and undistracted by technicalities.

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Re: BCA ballot approves constitutional changes by huge majority
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2017, 05:48:02 pm »
Hopefully the BCA can make inroads now. It would be nice to see those that "lost" being graceful, and helping the BCA in it's furthering it's members aims... but I suspect that will be a fairly small minority.
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Re: BCA ballot approves constitutional changes by huge majority
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2017, 09:08:10 pm »
 :clap2: Hooray.
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Re: BCA ballot approves constitutional changes by huge majority
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2017, 09:53:29 pm »
The result is good, but I think the fact that a significant number of people and groups voted is even better news - especially as many voted electronically. There were a few glitches for the on-line voting, but these don't seem to have caused too many problems and this augers well for future democracy.

I want to thank Bob, Nick, Cookie and all the other helpers who have made this a success.

Dave